The Grammys is one of those events that are a lot like the Academy Awards. Often times the right people win, and many times it’s obvious the voters don’t know sh*t from shinola. This is what happened back in 1989 when Metallica’s first opportunity to win a Grammy went to Jethro Tull instead, which caused significant booing from the fans in the audience.
It shouldn’t come as any big surprise that concert tours are bigger than ever. Yes, the economy’s still not in great shape and we need to cut down spending wherever we can, but with so many people not buying music, touring is the only way bands can survive these days.
On December 3 came a day that even Ozzy himself probably never thought would come to pass: His 65th birthday. Yes, hard as it is to believe, Ozzy’s now officially a senior citizen, and he’s probably just as surprised as you are that he’s made it this far.
On November 11, 2011, or 11-11-11, the original line-up of Black Sabbath announced they would be recording a new album and would be touring the world for the first time in over thirty years. There were some serious snags along the way, original drummer Bill Ward bowed out, and guitarist Tony Iommi became ill with lymphoma, but they did finish a new album entitled 13 with Rick Rubin producing.
It was first announced back on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) that the original line-up of Black Sabbath, with a lot of prodding from producer Rick Rubin, would reunite and record their first album of new material in over thirty years.
Being a long time metal head, I knew that when the Marvel comic Iron Man was finally headed to the big screen that the Black Sabbath classic would be used in the film.
We’ve been following the Black Sabbath reunion since it was announced back on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11).
Last year the original members of Black Sabbath announced they were reuniting again for their first new album since 1978’s Never Say Die, which was to be accompanied by a world tour.
It was almost a year ago now that the original line-up of Black Sabbath announced they were back and were going to record their first album of new material in over thirty years.
Rolling Stone magazine recently conducted a poll for the greatest heavy metal albums of all time.
Last year it was announced that Black Sabbath would reunite with the original four members yet again, but with a new twist.
Bad news for music fans this week, as groups, both voluntarily and involuntarily, have rejected reunions, decided on indefinite hiatuses and cancelled huge shows.
Back when heavy metal was first coming together in the sixties, it was very difficult to get amps that could get heavy distortion unless you cranked them up to oblivion.
Last November, the news hit that the original line-up of Black Sabbath would be reuniting to record another album - their first of all new material with the OG four since 1978's Never Say Die.
2012 was shaping up to be a hell of a year for Black Sabbath, who announced on November 11, 2011 (11-11-11) they were reuniting, and recording a new album with Rick Rubin producing.
Last year, Black Sabbath confirmed it was reuniting with the original four members of the band, including Ozzy on vocals.
Metallica recently wrapped up a week's worth of shows to celebrate its 30th anniversary.
As expected, the week was full of great special guests, reunions with long lost members from the early days, and a climatic jam that brought Metallica together with the pioneers of metal, Black Sabbath themselves.
Not only has Black Sabbath riff master Tony Iommi put out his autobiography, Iron Man, but the original line-up of Sabbath is reuniting for a world tour and a new album produced by Rick Rubin.
It was on 11-11-11 that the news finally became official, although considering the members of Black Sabbath were getting together to make an announcement, it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out.
In light of National Metal Day, MXDWN honors all the hard rockers in the news this week, because without them, what would we head bang to?